Empowerment through Opportunity, Education and Economic Awareness

Equal Pay For Equal Work?

"According to a recent study published by The Institute for Women’s Policy Research the median weekly earnings of full-time female workers in 2010 were $669 compared to $824 per week for men—a gendered way gap of 18.8%!

One would hope that after decades of struggle to achieve equal pay for equal work women would be approaching the income levels of men in most careers, but no!  Women earn less than men in 107 out of 111 occupations even if they have the same academic qualifications.  What a deal for employers!

 

It’s no surprise that financial institutions are the worst offenders. In this field the gender wage gap is a shocking 58.4%! This makes the national gender wage gap of 18.8% look like pennies.  It’s these institutions the government bailed out during the crisis.  Who’s going to bail out women? It should be the government.

Equal Pay For Equal Work?

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 promises equality for women and minorities but in more than forty years it hasn’t kept its promise.  So, is it up to the government, businesses or women to change this?


Obviously, it’s up to all three. But if women speak up, demand more transparency in hiring and promotion procedures, denounce the gender wage gap and take on their employers it’s likely things will move more quickly.  Easier said than done, I know, but not impossible.

As Dr. Evelyn Murphy, Director of the Wage Project and co-author of the report states: 'Each class action lawsuit provides fresh examples of discriminatory practices and makes a contribution towards tackling them. Class action lawsuits are not a magic wand for eradicating discrimination, but they can help hold companies accountable for illegal practices.'

Closing the gender wage gap is about more than money; it’s about a fair and just society for all."

 -- Tanya Castle

genderacrossborders.com

 

" Equal pay has been the law since 1963. But today, women are still paid less than men—even with similar education, skills and experience.
 

The gap between men's and women's earnings widened slightly between 2007 and 2008, from 77.8 percent (generally rounded to 78 percent) to 77 percent. In 2009, women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median weekly earnings of $657, or about 80 percent of the $819 median for their male counterparts. Economist Evelyn Murphy, president and founder of The WAGE Project, estimates the wage gap costs the average full-time U.S. woman worker between $700,000 and $2 million over the course of her work life.

These figures are even worse for women of color. In 2009, the average weekly earnings for African American women were $582, some 68.9 percent of white men's earnings. Latinas' earnings were $509, some 60.2 percent of white men's earnings."
 

                                         -- AFL-CIO

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